5 Adventures in Tuscany You MUST Have on Your Next Vacation
Believe it or not, Tuscany is brimming with adventure opportunities. The region isn’t all about sipping wine while watching the sunset. You can definitely do that here, and you should! But getting out and being active is one of the best ways to discover this classic travel destination. To help you explore here are 5 adventures in Tuscany you must have on your vacation.
Scuba Diving in Tuscany
Yes, that’s right, there is some great scuba diving in Tuscany. Although many don’t think of Tuscany as a big beach destination we do have a wonderful coastal area with 7 Islands sitting just off the mainland with much to discover beneath the surface. So while here on vacation why not get wet and go diving in Tuscany.
Experienced scuba divers should head to Secca di Mezzo Canale located in the middle of the channel between the islands of Giannutri, Giglio and the Argentario headland. You’ll see large sponges and corals in bright red and yellow, as well as lobsters and large grouper fish.
If you’re new to scuba diving head to the northern side of Capraia Island to explore Scoglio delle Formiche. With most dives around 15 to 18 meters, you’ll see barracuda, groupers, and amberjack. You might also have the chance to explore the archaeological site of a Roman shipwreck that was recently discovered.
Rent a Scooter in Tuscany
Renting a scooter is such an iconic image that comes to mind when daydreaming about traveling through Italy. Do yourself a favor and skip driving through the busy streets of Rome or Milan and explore the back roads of gorgeous Tuscany.
Zooming past vineyards in Tuscany will not only allow you to feel the country air on your face it gives you the freedom to explore at your leisure. With vineyards to stop and do tastings and food pairings, hot springs to discover, and little villages dotting the countryside you’ll love the freedom that renting a scooter gives you and you’re sure to get plenty of gorgeous photos of the rolling hills that surround you.
If you plan on renting a scooter – and you should – make sure you get an international driver’s license before you leave your home country if you’re based outside of the EU.
Horseback Riding Tuscany
Horseback riding Tuscany and across in Italy isn’t a new trend. Us Italians have had a passion for horses since Medieval times and that hasn’t dwindled. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out there is something to be found for everyone.
An afternoon spent horse riding in Italy is always best teamed with wine.
Spending an afternoon riding through a vineyard ending in wine and a traditional Italian meal sounds like something out of a movie with just a dash of adventure. However, if you’re looking for some serious horseback riding in Tuscany there are companies that offer multi-day riding trips where riders stop at vineyards and small villages along the way that offer true Italian hospitality.
There are also opportunities along the coast to go horseback riding on the beach in Tuscany with water splashing beneath your horse’s hooves as you gallop through the surf.
Hot Air Ballooning Tuscany
As the sun peaks over the horizon, you float through the air over vineyards and villages. Hot air ballooning Tuscany is the most peaceful adventure one can have in Italy. You’ll be able to see for miles around as you fly like a bird through the air.
But the adventure starts before you ever leave the ground as most companies have you assist in laying out and inflating the balloon. Make sure you’re on time as you won’t want to miss the balloon being inflated!
There are several places in Tuscany to go on a hot air balloon ride, but I’d recommend Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany. It is considered as one of the most iconic areas in Tuscany and seeing it from the air will give you a new perspective on a charming place.
Hiking in Tuscany
When many people think if Tuscany hiking isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, Tuscany has some of the most gorgeous hiking in Italy, especially if you head to the Alpi Apuane. The Alpi Apuane stretches from the city of Lucca in the south up to the marble quarries of Carrara in the north. Topping off at over 2,000 meters there is a hike to be found for just about every level of fitness and has enough challenges for the most seasoned adventure-seeker.
The Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuane was created in 1985 to protect over 21,000 hectares of land in the Alpi Apuane, effectively preserving the flora, fauna, and the culture of the region. While some of the area and be explored via auto-touring to get to the heart of the Alpi Apuane hiking is required. This can be done in a self-guided fashion or by hiring a local guide for your hiking in Tuscany adventure.
Whatever adventures in Tuscany you choose to go on, I hope you have the most wonderful time. And remember when you are ready to book your next trip I’m here to help you find the perfect accommodation and I can even help you book all of the adventures that you and your loved ones want to go on. Simply contact me to discuss your needs further.